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Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank,
and of having nothing to do. Once or twice she had peeped into the book
her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, and
what is the use of a book, thought Alice, without pictures or
conversations?
Text Analysis
1. Alice was beginning to:

Here we have the application of the verbal tense known as Past


Continuous (Past Progressive). It is built with a simple structure where we
use:
Alice + was + beginning
Pronoun + To Be (Past) + Verb + ING
We use it when we want to describe things that were
happening in a certain point in the past. Example:
What were you doing yesterday? I was working in Chicago.
2. Get very tired:

Get is one of the most used verbs in English and has many different
meanings. In this case, it takes the meaning of become, to enter in state
or condition. Example:
Get sick
Get rich
Get old
3. Of sitting by her sister on the bank:

As we said in the beginning, this text usually is described in the past


progressive, a tense that is most common in stories, that is why our verb
to sit is conjugated on its progressive form.

By in this case, is meaning at the side of. We can use by this way
many times: Example:
The glasses are by the TV
We live by the river.
The word on that we see used here, means to be at the top of
something. Example:
Where did you left your notebook? On the table.
4. And of having nothing to do. Once or twice:

Again, past progressive and another verb that is one the most used
verbs in English with a great number of meanings. In this case, having is
meaning the act of obtain something, to grab hold of something, his
nominal form. In other words, if you can obtain something, you can use
the verb have to explain that state. Example:
Can I have a glass of water?
I have a headache.
Once or twice can be used to count how many times you did or do
something. However, it also can be used as an expression, with the
meaning of sometimes. Example:
Do you go to the cinema? Once or twice.
I visit my mom once or twice.
I hope my children come and visit, once or twice a month.
5. She had peeped into the book her sister was reading.

Get used to use the verb have, in the past had, because it is used
in the tenses that we know as Perfects, Present Perfect and Past Perfect,
we are not going to focus on it now, but in this case, the Past Perfect was
used only to set the action to look in a place in time.

Then, we have the word into. We use into to talk about the
movement of something, usually with a verb that expresses movementIt
means from the outside in. Example:
The kids had gone into the house.
However, we can also use into to express enthusiasm or strong
interest for something. Example:
I am into modern music today.
Do you know Rachel? Yes, I am into her.
6. But it had no pictures or conversations in it

But is a conjunction (linking word) and it can be used to suggest a


contrast that is unexpected. Example:
I live in a small apartment, but it is quite comfortable.
The main difference between but, however and nevertheless, is
that I use however and nevertheless in the beginning of a sentence to
create a contrast, and when to create a contrast of ideas in the middle of
a sentence I use but. Example:
I do not like cherries, but I like apples.
I do not like cherries. However, a like apples.
Different from into, I use in when I want of something that is inside
of a closed or bordered space. Example:
There are words in the book.
I live in the city.
7. And what is the use of a book, thought Alice, without

pictures or conversations?
We use without to express the lack of something. Example:
He is without money.